Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is a process that allows those who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion to gain the opportunities and resources needed for full participation in economic, social and cultural life, and to achieve the prosperity and living standards that are considered acceptable in the society where they are living. Social inclusion ensures greater citizen participation in making decisions that affect their lives and the realization of basic rights.

In October 2011 CEDEM was elected as a national partner organization of the Open Society Institute (OSI) in Budapest for the implementation of the "PGF Montenegro", which aims to strengthen the capacity of Roma NGOs and members of the RAE community to write proposals and project cycle management, with special emphasis on projects funded by the European Union. In addition, the CEDEM Social Inclusion Department is involved in the preparation of the project and inclusion of RAE population at the local level, which will be implemented in three municipalities in Montenegro. The aim of the project is to improve the economic status and living conditions for the target population, through active recruitment and improvement of infrastructure in Roma settlements.


 

Within the implementation of the MtM program, representatives of the PGF project team in Montenegro and representatives of local governments (Berane, Herceg Novi and Nikšić) participated in a study visit to PGF partners in Hungary and Slovakia, organized by the Open Society Institute of Budapest, of 27 -30 November 2011.

The study visit was organized to bring PGF partners and representatives of local self-governments directly to the experience of EU Member States in addressing the social inclusion of Roma population, to open space for potential partnerships and to promote good practice in this area. In addition to representatives from Montenegro, PGF teams from Serbia and Macedonia also participated in the study visit.


Organized by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) and the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro, on November 7th, a press conference was held on the occasion of the presentation of MtM programs in Montenegro, as well as the projects "PGF Montenegro" implemented by CEDEM, in partnership with U.N.O. Libertask and "Humanitarac" organizations and "Capacity Building of RAE Departments in the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights" implemented by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, with technical support from the UNO LIBERTASK and partners. The projects were funded by the Open Society Institute of Budapest through the MtM program.

At a press conference the spokesmen were:

  • Marija Vuksanović (CEDEM), PGF Project Coordinator
  • Sabahudin Delić, Assistant Minister for Human and Minority Rights;
  • Sokol Beganaj, Advisor on RAE issues at the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights;
  • Neđeljka Sindik, a representative of the partner organization U.N.O. LIBERTASK and project quality control consultant.

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Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM, in partnership with the organizations U.N.O. Libertask and Humanitarac and in cooperation with the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro implements the project "PGF Montenegro". The project is supported by the Budapest Open Society Foundation and aims to empower Roma organizations to participate more actively in the use of EU funds and to be more involved in decision-making processes.

In order to provide direct support to the subjects involved in social inclusion issues, it is envisaged to form a team of 15 associates to provide services for the preparation of projects of inclusion of Roma and other vulnerable social groups, financed by EU funds. The engagement of PGF associates will be adequately evaluated. In order to select interested candidates for PGF associates, the Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM announces

PUBLIC INVITATION

for applying for associates in project preparation - trainees for project proposal writing and project cycle management.

Interested candidates, in addition to applying in the form of a motivation letter, should submit their CV to the following e-mail addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via tel.fax: 020 / 234 114.
Deadline for submission of applications: December 22, 2011, by the end of business hours (5 pm).


PGF-ObukaCEDEM organized two-day training (24/25 March) in Becici for writing project proposals funded by the EU. The training is being carried out within the project "PGF Montenegro", supported by Open Society Foundations from Budapest through the MtM Program (Making the most of EU funds for Roma).